Bubbling Under: Nikki Williams' 'Glowing' Shines
Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Nikki Williams, Bright Light Bright Light, Krystal Keith and August Alsina
Having scored her first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 last week as a writer on Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack," Nikki Williams this week earns her first top 10 as an artist, as "Glowing" (Island Def Jam) rises 12-10 on Dance Club Songs, which is also close to debuting on Pop Songs. "I write a lot of songs, and they aren't always going to be for my [forthcoming] record," Williams recently told Billboard. "I'm happy to share!"
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The past year for Bright Light Bright Light, aka, pop singer/songwriter Rod Thomas, has been pretty poptastic: he released his acclaimed album "Make Me Believe in Hope" (Blue Team/Aztec Records); opened for Scissor Sisters; and found a new fan in Elton John (who "loves" his music). Now, the artist is prepping the June 3 release of his latest single “Moves,” and and can be found co-writing and singing on the new Slow Knights album "Cosmos" (produced by Scissor Sisters' Del Marquis). Next up for Bright Light Bright Light is a live show with Slow Knights on May 18 in New York, which follows a DJ gig in Boston one day earlier.
Second-generation country singer Krystal Keith simmers just below Country Airplay with "Daddy Dance with Me," her first solo single. Keith is the daughter of format star Toby Keith, with whom she shared billing on "Mockingbird," which flew to No. 27 eight years ago. The younger Keith also places her first entry, a self-titled EP, on Top Country Albums (No. 53). She's signed not only to her father's Show Dog-Universal label, but he also co-produced the four-song set and co-wrote all but one of the tracks. Her full-length debut album, "Whiskey and Lace," is expected this year.
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Newly Island Def Jam signee August Alsina looks to make his first chart appearance with "I Luv This Sh*t," which is nearing Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop. The Trinidad James-assisted track will be featured on the New Orleans' crooner's debut album, due later this year. The song's video has racked 1.1 million YouTube views and is being championed by KZTS Little Rock, Ark., which spun it 22 times in the April 15-21 Nielsen BDS tracking week.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.